Heritage Open Days (HODs) was established in 1994 as England’s contribution to the European Heritage Days and has since grown into the country’s largest heritage festival with over 40,000 volunteers every September helping to run over 5000 events across the country. HODs are an amazing opportunity to discover hidden places in England and to try out new experiences – and remember all of which are FREE to explore!

Thanks to the enthusiasm and support of many volunteers, organisations and supporters Heritage Open Days 2017 was even bigger and more diverse than our successful 2016 festival. We had nearly 80 events taking place across Winchester and the surrounding area between 7th and 10th September, and the feedback from visitors was that it was ‘your best year yet’!

The festival dates for Heritage Open Days 2018 are 13th to 16th September 2018.

Official registration opens March 2018, but the planning here in Winchester has already started! Our themes for 2018 will include food and also the 100th centenary celebrations of votes for women.  If you also love Winchester’s history, architecture and culture why not join us to help coordinate and fund-raise for the 2018 Heritage Open Days.

And who are the ‘us’ I hear you ask! We – Nicky, Becky & Mike – are all volunteers who live in Winchester and surrounding villages. We love our local heritage and every week we spend a few hours behind the scenes planning, promoting and coordinating. We’ve got lots of ideas for this year and next and so are keen to grow our team.  So do drop us a line via our contacts page.

We’d also love to hear from you if you have a story to share about Winchester’s past, or perhaps you have taken a great photograph of our Hampshire heritage. You can share photographs and stories with us in all sorts of ways – via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Just look for the logos at the top and bottom of this page.